I have been on edge lately. In my weakness, emptiness, and brokenness, God met me. These words are not straight scripture...they are simply the words I felt God speaking to my heart and so I quickly wrote them down as I heard them. I pray His words of love and comfort to me reminds you of His love for you.
Caren... my daughter,
Relax. You seem to always be on edge. The cares of this world have left you irritable, impulsive, and lacking gentleness. You don’t laugh anymore. You don’t know how to have fun. I am trying to play and have fun with you as a father does with his child, but you’re always so serious. Loosen up. Trust that as the Good Shepherd, I take care of my sheep. I have you in my hands. You don’t need to worry. I will provide for you. The moment you begin to worry, you know something is wrong. You’ve lost sight of me…you’re becoming consumed by the cares of this world. You’re trying to play the creator. Go back and see where you’ve taken the wrong path and correct it. Surrender. You CAN be a steward of the tools I give you such as marriage, a child, a business, neighborhood, church, etc. without being caught up in the cares of this world. See the world with my lens—the lens of divine providence. You are living in 2 worlds at all times, the earthly world that is heavily influenced by your 5 senses, and the Kingdom of God. When you start to live on earth in LIGHT of the Kingdom, you now understand your purpose. When you live on earth while SEEKING FIRST The Kingdom, you will see clearly.
This world is fleeting. It is but the frame of a painting. But the Kingdom of God? That IS the painting inside the frame. So many spend excessive time building amazing and beautiful frames. They focus on all the elaborate details of the frame only to find that it is worthless without a painting inside. They live to work, they are consumed by money, success, prestige, and popularity. They follow their own dreams and desires forgetting WHOSE they are and why they were created. They forget that the frame stays on earth. It goes nowhere. The frame is ultimately just a frame without a painting in it. Yet, you could have the most valuable painting such as one by Picasso or Van Gogh and it would remain just as valuable even without a frame. Be a steward of the frame. The frame is a tool. Don’t be foolish in thinking that you’re time on earth doesn’t matter…but don’t let the cares of this world rule over you. Don’t be deceived into thinking that you are the creator. I Am.
You have 2 simultaneous stories being written. One is seen, one is unseen. The one that is seen is your earthly life. It is right in front of you. The one that is unseen is being written in invisible ink. That is your Kingdom story. The only way to reveal this story is by remaining in me and my Word. Read it. Meditate on it day and night. Apply it. Draw close to me and I will draw close to you (James 4:8). As you do this, as you begin to read, not just for head knowledge but for deeper understanding of who I am, who you are, and yes…even who the enemy is…the invisible ink will appear. You will not be fooled by the flashy, the popular, the prestige, the seductive, the temporary…for it is fleeting and meaningless. But, when you are in me and I am in you; when you ABIDE in me (John 15:5), you will become blind and deaf to that which is meaningless. You will see it but not observe it (Isaiah 42:19). Your focus will be sharp on the Kingdom.
Live your earthly life well. Sharpen your marriage, your children, your business, your tools….they are all tools for greater influence…they each provide a sphere of influence for Kingdom impact. But remember, they are just tools…they don’t define you. Your marriage, child, income, business, profession, success…none of them define you. I define you. Apart from me you can do nothing. So remain in me, and I will remain in You. You will know you’re missing the mark any time you start to worry—you have forgotten Me and are beginning to hyper focus on the frame. Worry leads to poor decision making. No good decision is made by worry. Surrender. Trust. Obey. Believe. Come to me and I will give you rest. I will provide. So relax, breathe and smile. I love you and I am with you.
Your Heavenly Father
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!